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FILE - In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch, left, stands with Patricia Driscoll before qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Delaware prosecutors said, Thursday, March 5, 2015, that they will not file criminal charges against Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

Friday, March 6, 2015

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said yesterday. The decision by the state attorney general’s office ends the criminal investigation of Busch, known in NASCAR circles as “The Outlaw,” over allegations by Patricia Driscoll, whom …

Suspended Busch agrees to NASCAR’s guidelines for eventual reinstatement

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kurt Busch agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend and there was a “substantial likelihood” of him doing …

Follow-up weekend to Daytona 500 an all-around mess in Atlanta

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. Qualifying was a debacle for the second week in a row, rain delayed the start …

Keselowski has no problem being NASCAR’s lightning rod

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast. His fellow NASCAR drivers already have plenty of practice hurling cutting barbs his way – just minus the …

Gordon wins pole for final Daytona 500 of his career

Sunday, February 15, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The qualifying session for NASCAR’s biggest race of the year was lambasted by Tony Stewart as “a complete embarrassment” and called a “cute show” by Clint Bowyer. The frenetic knockout format ended with Jeff …

Earnhardt, Hamlin fail inspection after pole qualifying

Sunday, February 15, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The cars of Sprint Cup drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin failed post-qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500 pole. Earnhardt and Hamlin will have to start at the rear of their respective qualifying …

All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Through driver changes, network shuffles, a new championship format and NASCAR’s push to reinvent itself, the one constant for more than two decades has been Jeff Gordon behind the wheel every week of the …

Speedweeks schedule in Daytona

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Today Daytona 500 pole qualifying (FOX, 1:30 p.m.) Thursday Budweiser Duels (FS1, 7 p.m.) Friday Truck Series qualifying (FS1, 4:45 p.m.) Truck Series race (FS1, 7:30 p.m.) Saturday XFINITY Series qualifying (FS1, 12:15 p.m.) XFINITY Series race (FS1, 3:30 p.m.) Sunday Daytona 500 (FOX, 1 p.m.) …

Kenseth wins Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Saturday, February 14, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kenseth won the exhibition Sprint Unlimited, a crash-filled kickoff to the NASCAR season. Kenseth, who was winless in 2014, had one of the strongest cars in the field, and he pulled away on a restart with four laps remaining to claim the win. …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alpine Skiing Maze captures women’s combined title; Vonn does not finish BEAVER CREEK, Colo. – Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow – a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn’t too bad, either. Maze …

Elliott headlines five drivers in NASCAR Hall of Fame class

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bill Elliott headlined the sixth class of inductees into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, a group that included three champions, the first African-American winner and a driver with movie star looks. “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” was …

Chase Elliott to replace Jeff Gordon in No. 24 next season

Friday, January 30, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chase Elliott will replace Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Chevrolet when the four-time NASCAR champion gives up his seat at the end of this season. The announcement yesterday was expected because Elliott is the reigning Xfinity Series champion and one of NASCAR’s most promising …

NASCAR’s France lauds Chase’s popularity, confirms no changes to playoff format

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which Chairman Brian France said yesterday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among …

Four-time Sprint Cup champ Jeff Gordon ending career after ’15

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year …

NASCAR driver Busch says ex-girlfriend is trained assassin

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DOVER, Del. – The NASCAR driver known as “The Outlaw” testified yesterday he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world who once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown. “Everybody on …